Quinton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Quinton is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Quinton comes from St. Quinton, a third century missionary in Gaul. [1] Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries.

"A family of Quentin - the Quentins of Coupigny - still exists in Normandy. They came from Brittany, having expatriated themselves during the troublous times of Duchess Anne, and settled at Morigny, near Coutances, about 1450. Roger Quentin's claim to rank with the older nobility of the Duchy was recognized and confirmed in 1605 by the Cour des Aides of Rouen." [2]

Early Origins of the Quinton family

The surname Quinton was first found in Cumberland where "the first trace of the name that I have met with is in the reign of Coeur de Lion, when Richard de Quintine was Abbot of Furness in Cumberland. But the notices of it soon become numerous, and appear in at least half a dozen counties. Richard Quintin held a knight's fee of the Earl of Hereford in Wiltshire." [2]

So as to underscore the Norman heritage of this name we found: "Sir Herbert de St. Quintin, whose name appears on the Roll [of Battle Abbey], came from Lower Picardy, where the chief town is called St. Quintin." [3]

Branches were later found in Essex and Dorset. Another branch of the family was found in the parish of Hornby in the North Riding of Yorkshire from ancient times.

"Hornby Castle, anciently the seat of the family of St. Quintin, and now belonging to his Grace the Duke of Leeds, is a spacious mansion in different styles of architecture, containing superb apartments, and commanding a fine view of the valley of Bedale." [4]

Another early branch of the family was found at Lowthorp in the East Riding of Yorkshire. At one time an ancient hall there was held by the family but was taken down in 1826. [4]

"Quentin became a somewhat popular personal name in Scotland, and has been immortalized by Walter Scott." [5]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had entries for: Richard Quintine, Wiltshire; John de St. Quintino, Wiltshire; Adam Quintin, Huntingdonshire; and Robert Quintyn, Norfolk. [5]

Early History of the Quinton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quinton research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1090, 1660, 1723, 1698 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Quinton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Quinton Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Quinton were recorded, including Quinton, Quinten, Quintin, Quintyne, St. Quinton and others.

Early Notables of the Quinton family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William St. Quinton (ca. 1660-1723), English politician, born at Harpham in the East Riding of Yorkshire. He was the eldest son of William St. Quintin, who died in the lifetime of his father. "Having succeeded his...
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Quinton World Ranking

In the United States, the name Quinton is the 9,093rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6] However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Quinton is ranked the 373rd most popular surname with an estimated 125 people with that name. [7] And in France, the name Quinton is the 3,038th popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. [8]


United States Quinton migration to the United States +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Quinton arrived in North America very early:

Quinton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Quinton, aged 20, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [9]
  • Walter Quinton, who landed in Maryland in 1671 [9]
  • Mayworth Quinton, who landed in Virginia in 1695 [9]
Quinton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Quinton, who landed in America in 1810 [9]
  • Robert Quinton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [9]

Canada Quinton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Quinton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Hugh Quinton U.E. (b. 1741) born in Cheshire, New Hampshire, USA who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [10]
  • William Quinton, a servant in Battle Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1795 [11]
Quinton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Charles Quinton, who settled in Open Hall Newfoundland in 1834 [11]
  • Alexander Quinton, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
  • William Quinton, who settled in Keels, Newfoundland, in 1843 [11]
  • Mrs. Ann Quinton, aged 35 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Agnes" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in May 1847 [12]
  • Edward Quinton was an agent of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1854 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Quinton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Quinton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Quinton, English convict who was convicted in Suffolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Charles Kerr" on 6th June 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]
  • John Quinton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850 [14]

Contemporary Notables of the name Quinton (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Alfred Bixby Jr. Quinton (1890-1968), American Acting Director of Industrial Programs, Department of Defence in 1950 [15]
  • Richard Quinton (1801-1885), American politician, Delegate to Iowa State Constitutional Convention from Keokuk County, 1844 [16]
  • Diane R. Quinton, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1988 [16]
  • Alexander Quinton, American politician, Delegate to Whig National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1839 [16]
  • James Maurice Quinton (1874-1922), English cricketer
  • Flight Lieutenant John Alan Quinton GC, DFC (1921-1951), English air cadet, posthumously awarded the George Cross
  • Carole Louise Quinton (b. 1936), English three-time silver medalist Olympic athlete
  • Francis William Drummond Quinton (1865-1926), English cricketer
  • Walter "Wally" Quinton (1917-1996), English professional footballer
  • James Wallace Quinton (1834-1891), Irish chief commissioner of Assam, son of a wine merchant in Enniskillen, educated at Trinity College, Dublin
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. William N.  Quinton (1882-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [17]


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  3. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  8. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  9. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  10. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  11. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  12. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 52)
  13. ^ Convict Records of Australia ( retrieved 1st February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/charles-kerr)
  14. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The STRATHEDEN 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stratheden.htm
  15. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Alfred Quinton. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Quinton/Alfred_Bixby_Jr./USA.html
  16. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  17. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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